Criminal Minds

Season 3 Episode 3

Scared to Death

Aired Wednesday Oct 10, 2007 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • When the team is at the lake with the CSU technicians, Morgan is holding the plastic rope in his bare hands that might have fingerprints on it. He then hands the rope to the CSU tech, who is wearing gloves.

  • Quotes

    • Morgan: (as he and Reid finally escape from the tiny, malfunctioning elevator) Hallelujah.
      Hotchner: Was that the alarm? You guys OK?
      Reid: I'll get back to you on that.

    • Reid: Uh... did anything ever strike you as odd about Jenny?
      Apartment Super: You know what? When she moved in here two months ago, she walked up and down those stairs a hundred times. (chuckles) She wouldn't use the elevator.
      : I don't blame her.

    • Reid: (of Gideon's letter) Yeah, yeah, you know Gideon stood toe to toe with some of the… the sickest people on this planet. I mean it took a lot of courage, right?
      Prentiss: Yeah.
      Reid: So why'd he do this? (shows Prentiss the letter) It's addressed to me, but I'm not… I'm not the only one that he abandoned.
      : Why is it addressed to you? I think you need to read that letter again.
      Reid: I have an eidetic memory, Emily.
      Prentiss: Yeah, I know, and an IQ of 187. But what do you remember about your father?
      : What do you mean?
      Prentiss: He gave you 10 years before he left and yet you've erased all those memories. And it's too painful, I get it. But then Gideon leaves. I think you need to read that letter again and ask yourself why, of all the people, he walked away from… did he only explain himself to one person… you.

    • Dr. Stan Howard: (to Hotchner) I think your greatest fear is that you can't save everyone. It is worse than I thought.

    • Reid: (holding up a bag of chips) Snack machine.
      : Yeah, I don't think he's luring them with pretzels.

    • (after the elevator jerks to a stop and Morgan starts pressing buttons) Reid: Don't.
      Morgan: What, it's broken.
      Reid: Don't do that.
      Morgan: Why not?
      : Because there are six elevator related deaths per year not to mention 10,000 injuries that require hospitalization. Chill out.
      Morgan: Those sound like pretty good odds to me, what, are you scared, Reid?
      : I'm not scared.
      Morgan: You're scared, what if I push that?
      Reid: I don't want to be in an elevator with you, to be honest.

    • Morgan: You know Hotch, today was a huge, huge victory for all of us. You know, I never thought I'd say this, but we're doing just fine without Gideon. Hotch, what's keeping you up tonight?
      Hotchner: (after a long pause) Haley's left. And I don't know if she's coming back.

    • Reid: It hit me when Morgan freaked out when we were stuck in the elevator.
      Prentiss: You got stuck in an elevator?
      Morgan: I freaked?
      Reid: That's not important.

    • Hotchner: The Taoist philosopher Lao Tzu once wrote, "He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still."

    • Hotchner: Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do."

  • Notes

    • In this episode it is revealed there is an agreement between certain members of the team not to profile each other.

    • In this episode, Mandy Patinkin had been removed from the main credits and group shot at the end of the sequence, thus leaving Thomas Gibson as the first-billed star.

    • The song played at the end of this episode was "River of Darkness" by Kalli. Other music was "Barely Holding On" by Wes Nickson, "Broken" by Lifehouse, "Can't Find My Way" by Phil Collins, "Requiem, KV 626 In D Minor: IIIa. Dies Irae (Sequentia)" by Mozart Festival Orchestra, "Scott Joplin Collage" by Gordon Green, "Tambourine" by Steffan Fantini.

    • This episode was dedicated in the memory of Mark Kamps, supervising sound editor, who died August 24, 2007, in Ventura, California.

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